Yearly Archives: 2014

If you must, you can call me a SWEET TATER.

My friend, Pastor Trent Dollyhigh is not afraid to speak plainly to his congregation. He’s very articulate when he says “There is a place for everyone to serve at this church. I’m always open to suggestions and new ideas. I

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Paul the Apostle and Mr. PotatoHead tell us the importance of using ALL the parts of the body.

The Challenge: Recruiting Volunteers for serving in all areas of the church. The Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:20 – 26. The Point: Believers all belong to a greater unit; the body of Christ. We all have been given spiritual gifts.We are

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5 minute – Crash Course in “Hospitality”

100% of the time, before the message has been given, before the songs have been sung, your visitors have already formed an opinion of your church based on their first impressions. These first impressions are acquired within the first 10

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Emotional Intelligence, who knew? Leverage it for Ministry…

When I got my new car, it came with a free trial of SiriusXM radio, and I’ve discovered NPR (National Public Radio). Today I heard Rick Perlstein talk about his new book, The Invisible Bridge which about Nixon and Reagan

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The League of Hospitality Heros, (disguised as Coffee Servers)

I’m a firm believer that a church, (after all, it’s “God’s House”) should be the “friendliest place in the world”, a five star welcoming venue. To accomplish this, a church needs to recruit and train the TYPE B personalities in

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It’s Not About the Coffee!

Every church I’ve ever visited or been a member of offers coffee before worship services. Coffee is the universal “warm greeting” that doubles as the “wake me up” stimulant, needed by so many to get the morning started. The aroma

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“Here’s your sign”

“Back-to-School” is almost here. Families in your community are making “new year resolutions”, moving into new school districts, looking for new programs for their children and/or aging parents, small groups to connect with, ministries to provide support… in short they

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Template for “Children’s Ministry Greeters Needed” Want-Ad.

Children’s Ministry Leaders: Are your “Back-to-School” August/September/October Greeters trained, scheduled and ready to serve? If not, recruitment should begin immediately. Try this template for a “Want Ad” for your bulletin, program or website: Wanted: Smiling, Approachable, Patient Greeters! The Children’s

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Don’t be caught off guard, new families are coming to your church, SOON!

A few years ago, researchers asked Pastors to track attendance and report the six highest attended services of the year. 93% said Easter Sunday has the highest attendance, followed by Christmas (84%), and Mother’s Day at 59%. The 4th highest

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Give a “Mystery Visitor” this assignment to gauge if your church is really Welcoming.

Of course you love your church and know everyone is welcome there.  But, do visitors feel the welcome? Are your first-time Visitors NOT returning for a second visit because of some small, correctable distraction? A tried and true way to

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